Fire Walk With Me: The Salinas Family Perform the Incredible Aztec Fire Dance
Tloke Nahuake, the Salinas family dance circle from Mexico City, wowed the crowds with a performance of the ancient Aztec fire dance Aug. 19 at the Chief Seattle Days pow wow, at the Suquamish Nation’s Port Madison Reservation. Joanna Salinas said Tloke Nahuake, which means “Together United” in Nahuatl, travels extensively to share traditional dances that have been passed down from generation to generation in the Salinas family. According to the family’s website, the Salinases are members of the Pochtecatl, or merchant class, originally from Iztacalco; the Aztecs historically performed the fire dance to honor Xiuhtecuhtli, the god of fire as well as food during famine, and a patron god of the Pochtecatl. When the Salinas family and others were forced to relocate to Tlacopan to make way for urbanization, a great-grandfather protested before the president of Mexico and as a result the Marketplace of Tacuba was established, a place for indigenous people to sell their fruits, vegetables and wares. To this day, it is one of the larger marketplaces in the city. “Our Pochtecatl spirit lives on as we continue to travel the world to share our culture and traditions,” the website states.